Whispering In The Wind
by Carmen Bostic St. Clair and John Grinder


The Breakthrough Pattern

The historical narrative continues:

It was late on aThursday afternoon when I (John Grinder) arrived from Europe by plane at SeaTac (SeattleTacoma airport). Although the work trip had been strenuous and the temporal displacementfrom Europe to the west coast of the US required careful management I waslooking forward to the next three days.


Several months before, Ihad presented a four-day seminar to the professional staff of St. Paul'sPsychiatric Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. The training had beenexplicitly designed to offer precise patterns and strategies to thepsychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and ancillary staff of this psychiatricInstitute. The initial training had been well received and the agreement wasthat the participants would spend the intervening several months integratingthe patterns presented into their work. I wasto return to offer one day of demonstrations, working with chronicschizophrenics from the back wards, followed by two days of trainingboth to explain what I had done during the demonstrations and toassist the staff in cleaning up their own direct experiences of the last coupleof months.


After renting a car atSea Tac, I drove to Vancouver and checked into the hotel. I sensed an imbalanceand resolved to get a full night's sleep to begin work freshly the followingday. When I awoke the following morning, I knew I was in trouble. I was runninga fever of 104F and although only mildly congested, I recognized the symptomsof walking pneumonia.

I rapidly assessed thesituation and decided the most effective way through was to make a deal with myunconscious.


OK, I proposed, I needyour helphere's the deal. I will put my behavior entirelyin your hands. My request is that you ensure that we perform at the highestlevel of quality possible in the demonstrations, as surely these professionalsas well as their clients deserve the best we can offer. In return, I promise assoon as the workday is finished, I will go directly to the hotel, down a coupleof shots of brandy, fall into bed and sweat this fever out.  

The day went quickly
as all days without consciousness do. I learned later throughconversations with the participants that worked with five differentschizophrenics during the day and, at least in the opinions of theparticipants, with high quality results. I must confess that to thisvery day, I have no access consciously to any of the events of that day withthe exception of pausing twice during the day (a coffee break and the noonmeal) when I managed to achieve some consciousness of my surroundings. Ichecked with my unconscious asking how we were doing. The response was immediate:


 Hush up! I'm handling this.


Keeping the consciouspart of the bargain, I went immediately after the day's work to the hotel,popped a couple shots of brandy, collapsed into bed and sweet oblivion. I awokein the morning feeling superb after thirteen hours of sleep and a good sweatout. During breakfast, I thought through the task before me for the daynamely, explicating the patterns I had used as part of the previousday's Work with the chronics. It was at that moment that I realized that I hadabsolutely no conscious access to what I had done.


I resolved therefore toarrive at the training facility early and to conduct an informal elicitationsession with the participants, using questions such as,


 Which of thedemonstrations did you find most interesting?

 And what struck youabout that particular demonstration?

 Which specificinteractions between myself and the patient did
 you experience as mostintriguing?

 You found themintriguing, how specifically?


While seeking theseclasses of information from the early arriving participants with casualdesperation in the back of the training room, I noted my eyes wanderingrepeatedly to the front of the room and more specifically to the blackboardlocated there. Finally recognizing the familiar tug of my unconscious, Iexcused myself and walked the front of the training room only to find myselfstanding in front of the blackboard on which the following was written in myown hand:



 1. identify thebehavior(s) to be changed

 2. establish a reliableinvoluntary signal system with the unconscious

 3. confirm that there isa positive intention(s) behind the
   behavior(s) to be changed

 4. generate a set ofalternatives as good or better than
   the original behavior(s) in satisfying thepositive intention(s)

 5. get the unconsciousto accept responsibility for implementation

 6. ecological check


I stood before thispattern stunned by its simplicitya directproduction of my unconsciousa pattern that containsprecisely the differences that would come eventually to distinguish patterns ofthe new code from patterns of the classic code. There is no doubt, nor wasthere any at the time, that this elegant pattern was the product of years of workby both Bandler and myself and represented a dazzling integration of theinfluences of Bateson and Erickson. Yet what a gift!


Further conversationswith participants revealed that some of them had noted with great interest thatat some point in the sessions with each of the schizophrenics I had treated thepreceding day, I had run some or all of the points listed in the pattern (invarying forms). This was a pattern that none of them recognized from theprevious four days training that I had conducted and one that had beeneffective in the extreme. At the close of the day, one of them had asked me toexplicate the pattern I had been using. My response was the pattern that nowappeared before me on the blackboard.


To this day, and withmany experiences both personally and with thousands of clients over the yearswhich repeatedly have demonstrated that the unconscious is capable ofenormously complex and creative acts when the proper framing and context havebeen established and the lead is released to the unconscious, I remainawestruck by this experiencethe presentation of acomplete pattern for individual change, powerful in its Consequences, elegantin its form and universal in its application. 

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